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Florida business resumes medical cannabis processing after inspections

One of Florida’s largest medical marijuana businesses received permission Friday to resume operations at two processing facilities after passing state-mandated food-safety inspections, according to company officials and state documents.

Surterra Wellness, which has eight dispensaries statewide, was the second Florida business forced by the state to halt processing operations temporarily to meet the food-safety inspection deadline.

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Oklahoma’s medical marijuana program could become less restrictive – again

Oklahoma’s new medical marijuana industry – which became more restrictive a week ago after regulators implemented new rules that included a ban on smokable flower – appears headed back to a more wide-open structure as conceived by the voter-approved initiative. And state regulators are expected to begin accepting dispensary applications next month. Here’s what you […]

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Week in Review: Florida cannabis lawsuits, NJ license expansions & Big Booze supports MJ legalization

Florida opts to add four more medical marijuana businesses, New Jersey doubles the number of its vertically integrated MMJ licenses, and cannabis legalization gets some support from Big Alcohol. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the cannabis industry over the past week. The Lawsuit State News that the Florida health department will issue four […]

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Arkansas lawmakers approve new marijuana consultant, application rules

Arkansas lawmakers approved a rule to allow the state’s Medical Marijuana Commission to hire a consultant who will review hundreds of applications for licenses it has received from cannabis dispensaries. The approval comes after the state awarded licenses to five marijuana cultivation companies last week after a court injunction suspending the licensing process was lifted. The move to […]

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Oklahoma gov tells regulators to pull controversial medical marijuana rules

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has reversed herself and said health regulators should rescind controversial rules that threatened to curb the growth of the state’s new medical marijuana program. The State Health Board last week approved rules banning smokable flower and requiring dispensaries to have a pharmacist on staff. Fallin quickly signed off on the regulations. But […]

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Profits are a rarity: California’s new regulated marijuana market six months in

Half a year into California’s newly regulated marijuana market, it’s worth asking: How are licensed companies in the state doing financially? The short answer: Many are struggling. Chelsey Miles, a Sacramento-based accountant and consultant who works with licensed manufacturers, retailers and distributors, said most companies are “breaking even, but I don’t think they might be […]

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Michigan medical marijuana businesses get 30-day reprieve to test products

Michigan is giving newly licensed medical marijuana businesses a 30-day reprieve in which to test products already in their facility, welcome news for companies that will need additional time to pass state testing standards. The 30-day window applies to existing businesses that have been operating temporarily with local approval while waiting for their state licenses under […]

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Fully operational Ohio medical cannabis market many months away

Ohio is deferring the launch of its medical marijuana patient registry because of delays in getting the MMJ market off the ground. The deferral indicates that state officials believe a fully operational medical marijuana market, initially set to launch Sept. 8, could take a number of more months. The delay is related to Ohio’s affirmative […]

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Maryland medical marijuana company has license reinstated

MaryMed has been given another chance at Maryland’s medical marijuana market after a judge ruled that the MMJ company likely didn’t violate the law. The Baltimore Business Journal reported the Dorchester-based company received preapproval from state regulators in 2016 to open cultivation, retail and processing operations. But the licenses were rejected after the state began […]

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